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Track & Field Article in SF Chronicle

Posted by Mike Davis at Mar 21, 2006 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
The following Bay Area view of track and field features several NCS athletes, including Cal's David Klech.  Read up on who's expected to make some big waves this year!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 (SF Chronicle)

ONLY THE PSYCHIC KNOWS: TRACK & FIELD/I see ... super fast people

Mitch Stephens, Chronicle Staff Writer

 

At this time of year, we usually turn our attention from winter to spring

sports, poring over linescores and dual-meet results for a sampling of

what to expect in the future. With the rain falling on all the wrong days

in all the wrong places, there isn't much of a sampling to guide us this

time. So we called on a professional, Madame Rose for assistance in our

spring predictions.

Once a high jumper in high school, Madame Rose raises the bar and her

consciousness to answer our probes:

1. What will California senior David Klech do for an encore?

Rose guaranteed only this: He won't improve much. That's no slap at the

gangly UCLA-bound jumper and hurdler. It simply means that by winning

first-, second- and third-place medals at last year's state meet, there's

little room for improvement. Coach Mark Karbo had the 6-foot-4, 173-pound

senior doing a little bit of everything last week at a dual meet and he

responded with wins in off-events, the 400 meters (49.0) and 800 (2:00.1).

On Saturday at Cal's Edwards Stadium, he destroyed the field in the 400

hurdles -- his main collegiate event -- by almost five seconds and took

the 110-meter hurdles in a state-best 14.00. He threw in a 6-8 high jump

(that warmed Madame Rose's heart), and our seer sees four state medals --

at least two gold -- for Klech come June.

2. Will James Logan's girls finally win the state team title?

Rose smirked and nodded slowly. Her gesture isn't because Logan is a lock.

It's merely that after finishing second five times, coach Lee Webb isn't

ready to believe it. It's going to happen because the team is deep and

loaded in sprints (LSU-bound Kristina Davis leads the way), jumps (Tracey

Stewart), hurdles (Tierra Ward), middle distance (Jami Hardy and Victoria

Humphrey), weights (Jaleesa Jeffrey) and relays. Davis, Stewart, Ward and

Humphrey ran the nation's No. 2 800 relay ever (1:36.41) to win at the

National Scholastic Indoor meet in New York two weeks ago. With Stewart

healthy (she was injured most of last season), Davis bent on erasing last

year's state-meet nightmare (see below) and the addition of super freshman

quarter-miler Donnise Powell, Rose said this may be Logan's best team

ever. Long Beach Wilson, led by remarkable Ebony Collins, and Fairfield,

which has shown well in the early season, will push Logan.

3. Who is the area's fastest football player?

Rose sighed deeply for this tough query. Whoever is healthiest, she said.

The region's top sprinters -- Dominique Hunsucker (Valley Christian),

Tyrone McGraw (Riordan), Cameron Island (Skyline) and Jahvid Best

(Salesian) -- each were All-Metro running backs in the fall. Last season,

Island won two Oakland Section titles and was sixth in the state 100

finals. McGraw was Central Coast 200 champ and 100 runner-up. Best, who

has state-best 200 (21.77), was NCS runner-up in both events and Hunsucker

won both events in the West Catholic Athletic League before nagging

injuries cost him the season.

4. What is the Bay Area's best individual rivalry?

Rose didn't hesitate: Davis against defending state 200 champion Khrystal

Carter of Valley Christian. The Texas A&M-bound Carter won state in 23.44

and was third in the 100 (11.68). Davis was a co-favorite in the 100, but

was called for a false start in the finals. She also pulled up with a

hamstring injury in the 200. Davis won almost all early-season matchups

last year, but Carter prevailed at the finish.

5. Will a Bay Area female win back the state 1,600?

No chance, Rose said. Last season, Annie St. Geme, of Corona Del Mar,

broke an eight-year streak of a local girls winning the event. Not only is

St. Geme back, but Mission Prep of San Luis Obispo freshman sensation

Jordan Hasay ran a 4:47.41 last week.

6. Which two teammates might win many meets by themselves?

Rose opened a map, closed her eyes and pointed to Mountain View, zeroing

in on St. Francis' Kyle Mills-Bunge and Ben Sitler, who last week combined

for seven individual wins in a victory over Mitty. Sitler was the West

Region cross-country runner-up in the fall and the Cal-bound Mills-Bunge

pole-vaulted 16-6 during the indoor season but likely will be a decathlete

in college.

7. Which event will produce most local state placers?

That's easy, Rose said. The pole vault. The St. Francis boys trio of

Mills-Bunge, Casey Roche and Ben Sheehan all made dyestate.com's preseason

first-team all-state. Add female first-teamers Tori Anthony (Castilleja),

Liza Lozovatskaya (St. Ignatius) and the St. Francis duo of Natasha

Barthel and Taylor Franklin, and it's medal city for local vaulters.

8. Who are five more athletes who will place at state?

Rose shot-putted the crystal ball in favor of 2005 state-meet results

sheet: Ke'Nyia Richardson (Holy Names jumper, hurdler), Jamesha Youngblood

(Hercules hurdler), Mindi Wiley (Sonoma Valley jumper), Cherrelle Garrett

(Mt. Eden sprinter) and Ariel Wright (Bishop O'Dowd 1,600) all placed last

year and, barring injury, should repeat. Wiley is already the state high

jump leader at 5-10.

E-mail Mitch Stephens at mstephens@sfchronicle.com. ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyright 2006 SF Chronicle

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Piedmont Distance Festival - RESULTS!

Posted by Mike Davis at Mar 17, 2006 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Exciting day for Monte Vista Athletes at Piedmont.  With many 400 meter runners moving up to try their hand at the 800 - the Mustangs sent nearly 60 athletes to the beautiful Piedmont High School track to face heat after heat of 800's, 1600's and 3200's.  All heats were seeded based on estimated times, meaning that most all athletes had a chance to compete for one of the coveted Distance Festival T-Shirts (this year in bright Orange). 

Personal Records (PR's), were not just the order of the day - HUGE PR's were!  Listing of T-Shirt winners will follow.  Top performances by Varsity Mustangs were:

Daniela Gergley - 2nd overall in the 3200 in a PR and State top 15 time of 11:04.9!
Chris Simpson - 8th overall in the 1600 in 4:28 and 4th overall in the 800 meters in 1:59
Geren Taylor  - runs 2:04 in his first 800 of the year
Brett Zorich and Claire Hoppens run 2:26.9 and 2:28.3 800's
Brittany Randall runs 2:30 in winning her heat.
Bhavick Kanzaria runs away from the field to win his 3200 heat in 10:19
Mustang co-ed 4X400 wins (Randall, Zorich, Kuiper and Simpson)
MANY TOP TWO HEAT FINISHES, AND NUMEROUS 3RDS, 4THS AND 5THS!

Full results:
http://www.dyestatcal.com/results/trk2006/March/18PiedmontBayArea/Summary.htm

Photo's from Dyestat site:
http://www.dyestatcal.com/image/6track/March/18Piedmont/index.htm

PIEDMONT DISTANCE FESTIVAL - Updated 3/17/06!  Due to the increased popularity of this meet - over 50 teams with over 1200 runners - the time schedule as been expanded and some events dropped.  Contact Coach Davis at 925-437-8360 during the day if you need to confirm the time schedule ( I can't guaranty I'll hear all calls though)  Runners who compete after 3PM should arrive 1.5 to 2 hours early, to make sure the meet has not moved faster than this time schedule.  DON'T MISS YOUR RACE!

The new time schedule:

11:40 Middle School Mile

12:00 HS Boys 3200 (heats 1-2)

12:30 HS Girls 3200 (heats 1-2)

1:00 HS Boys 1600 (heats 1-24)

3:30 HS Girls 1600 (heats 1-16)

5:30 HS Boys 3200 (heats 3-4)

6:00 HS Girls 3200 (heat 3)

6:15 HS Boys 800 (heats 1-22)

7:20 HS Girls 800 (heats 1-17)

8:20 HS Boys 3200 (heats 5-6)

8:45 HS Girls 3200 (heat 4)

These times are approximate - if we can move along faster then we will.

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As of 3/13 - here are the heat sheets (file attached)  IF YOU ARE SIGNED UP BUT ABSOLUTELY CAN'T MAKE IT - YOU MUST SEE THE COACHES.  WE CAN NOT AFFORD TO HAVE OUR ATHLETES ENTERED, AND NOT SHOW UP!  Do not arrive late - parking will be bad.  Be early, stay late!

Parent Admission.  $5.00.  Athletes admitted free.
Full Service Concession stand open throughout
Awards - top two in each heat, regardless of time, earn the coveted T-Shirt.  Top 4 in the fastest heat.  Top three in the 4 X 400.
Parking - Limited parking.  Expect to park in nearby residential areas.  5-10 minute walk to the track.
Location - Piedmont High School - 800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont CA.
Buses - There is no bus for this meet.  Athletes need to car pool to this event. 

2005 Results: http://www.dyestatcal.com/results/track2005/March/19BayAreaPiedmontDistance/Summary.htm

All athletes are encouraged to bring sufficient clothes and food and blankets to stay the day...and night.   This is an unique, fun meet for the middle and distance runners.  Runners who compete in the early afternoon may leave early, after checking out with the coaches.  However, we hope your athlete will stay to cheer on teammates.

DIRECTIONS from MVHS

Directions Distance
Total Est. Time: 27 minutes Total Est. Distance: 20.26 miles
1: Start out going WEST on STONE VALLEY RD toward GLENWOOD CT. 2.5 miles
2: Merge onto I-680 N toward SACRAMENTO. 3.3 miles
3: Merge onto CA-24 W toward OAKLAND / LAFAYETTE. 10.8 miles
4: Merge onto CA-13 S toward HAYWARD. 1.4 miles
5: Take the MORAGA AVE exit toward THORNHILL DR. 0.1 miles
6: Take the MORAGA AVE WEST ramp toward PIEDMONT. <0.1 miles
7: Merge onto MORAGA AVE. 1.0 miles
8: Turn LEFT onto HIGHLAND AVE. 0.3 miles
9: Turn RIGHT onto OAKLAND AVE. 0.1 miles
10: Turn LEFT onto HILLSIDE AVE. 0.1 miles
11: HILLSIDE AVE becomes MAGNOLIA AVE. 0.1 miles
12: End at Piedmont High School
800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611, US
Total Est. Time: 27 minutesTotal Est. Distance: 20.26 miles

On a cold, rainy afternoon, the Mustang Track and Field squad opened the EBAL season in fine fashion, overtaking Amador Valley in our first dual meet.  All Mustang teams (Varsity Boys/Girls and JV Boys and Girls) were victorious.  The Varsity Girls outlasted the Dons 69 to 52, despite missing several key athletes.  On the boys side, the Stangs pulled away for a decisive 86 to 41 victory, aided by numerous 1-2-3 sweeps in the jumps. 

The girls 4X400 team remains undefeated, despite a tough challenge by Amador. 
Individual Girls Varsity winners for Monte Vista were:
Brett Zorich - 400 & 200
Lauren Anderson - 100
Brittany Randall - 300 Hurdles
Renee Lau - 3200
Siena Brown - Shot and Discuss
Steph Schafer - HJ

On the Boys side - the Mustangs received firsts from:
Chris Simpson - 1600 & 800
Geren Taylor - 400 & 200
Drew McAllister - 100 - first track meet!
4X400 Relay  (Kuiper, Hatton, Simpson & Taylor)
Chris Krychev - Shot and Discuss
Nic Quade - 300H,HJ, TJ, LJ !!!!

Full Varsity and JV results found in the handouts below!  Great Job Mustangs!

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Bay Area Blast-Off - UC Berkeley

Posted by Mike Davis at Mar 9, 2006 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Open the attached pdf file to see event schedule.  Monte Vista has a split squad today.  Field events only at this meet.